Barents Press International Board had a meeting in Saariselkä, Finland on 7-8 November. The main issues to discuss were Barents Press Russia activity after the founder and many years leader Elena Larionova’ going away and the coming Annual Conference – 2015.
On November 27-29, 2014 in Murmansk will host the VII international festival The Northern Character. It is organized by TV company "TV-21"and Production Center "Northern Character" with the support of the Russian Ministry of culture, Government of Murmansk region, Norilsk Nickel company, the Administrative Board of Norrbotten (Sweden), the Barents Secretariat, the Center for journalism in the Nordic countries, Murmansk Union of journalists, Barents Press and others.
€4 million to democracy and human rights
The Swedish Government grants 37 million SEK (€4 million) to support democratic movements, media, organizations and human rights work in Northwest Russia.
In addition to the Russian part of the Barents Region, the grant can be used in Leningrad, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Novgorod and Pskov regions.
The Swedish Government writes in its decision that the grant shall be spent on projects that increase the citizens’ influence and participation in democratic processes.
Also, the grant can be used on projects supporting gender equality and independent media.
The allocation of funding is a part of Sweden’s strategy for supporting democracy and human rights in Russia for the period 2010 to 2013 handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thomas Nilsen, BarentsObserver.com